UK customers will be able to buy the e-Niro at Kia dealerships starting from the April, 1, 2019. With this in mind, the Korean company is now publically announcing the pricing and equipment details of their compact electric crossover.
The 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack gives the e-Niro a 282-mile driving range and Kia also claims their new BEV can drive up to 382 miles on a WLTP city cycle.
This ‘first edition’ e-Niro is available in the U.K. for £32,995, after the deduction of the £3,500 plug-in car grant. The purchase price includes a 7-year, 100,000-mile warranty, which also applies to the battery. According to the manufacturer, the electric vehicle can be recharged to 80 per cent battery life within 54 minutes.
The e-Niro comes equipped with a touch screen audio system with smartphone integration, automatic climate control and an engine stop/stop button with a Smart Entry System. The exterior design of the e-Niro features halogen headlights with bi-function projection, front fog lights, LED daytime running lights and LED rear combination clusters. The e-Niro is fitted out with a DAB radio and 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system and has an 8-speaker, 320-watt sound system. A wireless mobile phone charger is provided for Qi-equipped smartphones and an alternative fast charge USB port is incorporated into the centre console. The interior boasts leather upholstery, an adjustable driver’s seat, and heated front seats and steering wheel.
Only yesterday Kia and Hyundai had to correct the official WLTP range downwards in Europe for the e-Niro and the Kona Electric. The reason: The two Korean manufacturers had discovered that an external testing organisation had accidentally come up with range values that were too high.
Kia has also announced the sale of different versions of the e-Niro in Germany from the same date, and that their new Kia Optima can now be ordered as a plug-in hybrid.
Source: Kia press-release via email